Top Takeaways from the 2024 Tony Awards

 

Unexpected Best Musical Win

The 77th annual Tony Awards saw few surprises, but one standout moment was the Best Musical award going to The Outsiders, an adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s classic book. This win was unexpected, as many anticipated Hell’s Kitchen to take the honor.

A Dull Ceremony

This year’s ceremony lacked excitement, with many speeches falling flat. Even host Ariana DeBose couldn’t inject her usual sparkle into the event. Jonathan Groff’s heartfelt speech stood out, but overall, the show was marked by mundane thank-you lists.

Political Undertones

Political themes subtly permeated the event, with several presenters and winners urging people to vote and make changes. However, the messages were vague, lacking specific references to current issues or candidates.

Celebrity Appearances

High-profile celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Hillary Clinton, and Jay-Z added star power to the event. Despite these efforts, their presence felt more like an attempt to boost ratings than a natural fit for the awards.

Plays Take Center Stage

This year marked a resurgence for plays on Broadway, with productions like Stereophonic and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate winning big. These plays showcased innovation and strong performances, indicating a vibrant future for non-musical theater.